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Robert A. Myers, Candidate for President

My wife Lynn and I have been members of CCA for over 30 years. We have bred and finished over 100 champions, including BOV Smooth, 1990 National, numerous Awards of Merit, Specialty BOV and BOB with both smooths and roughs. I have been active in our National Specialty for over 20 years, as Assistant Host Show Chairman twice, Host Show Chairman twice, Facilities Chairman three times and National Show Chairman.

I have a working back ground with a multi-million dollar corporation that employs nearly 200 people. I currently oversee total facilities and maintenance operation with a staff of 12 people. I make all work assignments, prepare budgets, and oversee out sourced estimates for repairs and purchases within my department.

Our club was founded by people, not unlike ourselves, with a common goal of perfecting their breeding skills, along with being able to help mentor new people wanting to become good stewards of the breed. It was laid out with a constitution and guide lines for all to follow. Over the years changes have come and gone; some good, some not so good. For our club to grow and become one of the best parent clubs in AKC, changes have often come along that not everyone agreed with, however, we have always come to an agreement that has been better for the Collie. After all, that is the reason we are here. This is a great and proud club and I hope to be a guiding force in its growth and greatness with all of you.

If elected President, I will work for all of the membership and not just for special groups or individuals. An elected official is always speaking for the group. It is a 24/7 job. I will work with the BOD at all times. I am sure we will not always agree but that should never stop the progress of the organization. Our Constitution should always be followed in full, not just the parts that serve the given moment. I am what you see, a straight shooter. I am not afraid to tell you what I think, but am also willing to compromise and listen to other opinions. My only allegiance is to the club and the total membership. My goal is to bring the club back together as a cohesive group that can work together.

We have a lot of issues that need to be addressed. Some of them are as follows and in no particular order.

There are some wording issues in our Constitution that need to be corrected. I will appoint a chairman to select a committee with the task of making those corrections and bringing them to the membership for approval.

The CCA should own its own logo. I intend to work toward that end by establishing a committee that will work towards completion of this item.

We, as a club, need to be more proactive against the AR groups and legislation that is limiting our abilities to own, house and care for our collies. This will probably need more man power and funds as we go along. I think Barbara Schwartz and Vicki Louks have done an excellent job with this, however, I think they need more help.

I will appoint a show rules chairman that is qualified for the position so that we have a working committee ready to help any and all issues that might arise with upcoming nationals.

I would like to appoint a committee chairman to work with the Bulletin editor to get it back on time and to help keep our costs in line. We also need to explore other options.

The most contentious item of all is the Sable Merle issue. It is not going to simply go away. The members have voiced their opinions and we need to move forward. If this is has not come to an agreeable conclusion before administration changes, I will, if elected, work with both sides to reach an amicable agreement that may once and for all put this issue to rest. I do believe that Tom Coen and his committee have done an admirable job, but it is not over and must be brought to a final conclusion. It is the total membership that should have the final say in what happens.

If elected I will work very hard to bring respect back into our club. After all we are all volunteers working for the greater good of our club. I bring no hidden agendas. As I said earlier, my allegiance is to the entire club and to work for the betterment of our breed.

I look forward to serving as your President. Thank you for your support and remember to exercise your right to vote. It is your voice being heard. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Progress is some times slower than we would like, but the final result is usually satisfactory.

Robert A. Myers

COLLIE QUOTE
The Collie presents an impressive, proud picture of true balance, each part being in harmonious proportion to every other part and to the whole.

– from the AKC Collie Breed Standard

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